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PCORI sets the stage for research on lean healthcare

Posted on by John Toussaint

PCORI was established as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2009. PCORI has recently released it’s research agenda for public comment.Release of approximately $125 million dollars for the research will occur this year. The proposed research agenda includes: 1.Comparative assessments of prevention,diagnosis and treatment options. The research goal is to […]

Healthcare Value Network Members Cost and Quality Results

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Recently the Center received a call from Dr. Berwick to send results from Healthcare Value Network members that show what he  called double wins, both cost and quality improvements together. In 24 hours network members came up with this remarkable series of improvements derived from their lean work. Does Lean work in healthcare? The following […]

John Toussaint’s Monthly Reflections – What’s Next?

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I was talking to a colleague this week who is the lean transformation leader at a large multispecialty physician group in California. He has a great deal of lean transformation experience. He asked me, “So what’s next? We have taken the transformation journey as outlined by Catalysis and we want to know what’s next.” It […]

Correlation Between N95 Extended Use and Reuse and Fit Failure in an Emergency Department

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Frontline health care workers are at high risk of contracting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).1 Personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 respirators (N95s), is essential for prevention of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that health care workers dispose of N95s after a single patient […]

A Standardized Management System and an Improvement Culture allow for fast, safe, and efficient response to Covid-19

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By Lisa Yerian M.D. and John Toussaint M.D. There is great concern throughout the U.S. that health systems will not be able to meet the demand of the potential exponential growth of critically ill patients with COVID-19. This is playing out in New York where some hospitals have full ICUs and too few ventilators to […]

Restart Planning Guidance Update

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We are working with organizations in our healthcare community to understand the process and needs for restarting business lines in healthcare organizations as many healthcare organizations are thinking into the future. Here is the most recent guidance and thinking. Update 04-28-20 How much COVID-19 space is necessary? Are the expanded spaces held in reserve or […]

Tips for Helping Front Line Staff Manage Stress

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from Dr. Lee Erikson Set up a Coping with Stress Hub on our intranet Communicated widely about our EAP mental health resources Set up several on line resources with links to apps for meditation, mindfulness, exercise, tai chi, etc. The psychiatry department is offering telemedicine counseling sessions to staff Launched […]

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